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Jupiter's Legacy tells the story of legacy of the Union, a superhero team formed in the 1930s. When six friends visited a mysterious island, they and their ships' crew were granted superpowers. The six combined to forge the Union, to help America out of the Recession and promote the country's ideals.

It's now 2013, and the new generations of heroes descended from the original gifted now face a different world, and disagree with their forebears on how to save the world.

Written by Mark Millar and drawn by Frank Quitely. A prequel series called Jupiter's Circle, focusing on the Union in their heyday in the fifties and sixties.

A Netflix adaptation was announced in 2018.


Provides examples of:

  • The Ace: The Utopian is the premier superhero of the setting, being one of the most powerful, apparently one of the first, and a leader for the superhero community in general. However, he is not quite respected as others see him as increasingly old-fashioned.
  • Avengers, Assemble!: Volume 2 opens with Hutch, Chloe, and Jason recruiting super criminals to join their team.
  • Badass Family: Chloe, Hutch and Jason.
  • Badass Normal: Hutch, whose father Skyfox designed a power-rod to compensate for his lack of powers.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: The Heist involves breaking out Repro from suspended animation and giving him Raikou's powers so he can defeat Walter in a psychic duel. Repro fails because of Walter's greater experience, but gets the villain riled up enough that he neglects to use his psychic powers against Hutch which results in his death.
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  • Berserk Button: Jason pushes Skyfox's when he snarks that he's intelligent because his father didn't abandon him.
  • Beware the Superman: The central plot of the series is Chloe, Hutch and Jason trying to free the world from Walter and Brandon's dictatorship.
  • Big Bad: Walter.
  • Clark Kenting:
    • The Utopian is the most notable example in the series.
    • Chloe herself used a wig and glasses to hide her identity.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Common in this setting. Chloe is a Flying Brick with a sonic scream, while Jason has similar Flying Brick powers in addition to super-intelligence and telekinesis. Brandon has telekinesis, eye lasers and the ability to control lightning.
  • Contemplate Our Navels: The final issue of the second arc reveals that in-between feeling sorry for himself and getting himself drunk, Skyfox spent his years as a recluse thinking over the big questions; or at least, trying to.
  • Control Freak: The Utopian has been repeatedly called out for this throughout the story.
    • It's clear Walter is this to a fault as the story progresses.
  • Crazy Awesome: When facing down a squad of heavily armed goons after recently acquiring telepathy, Repro makes them see their parents having sex dressed as clowns.
  • Decon-Recon Switch: The series starts by viciously deconstructing the idea of Reed Richards Is Useless and superhero families by depicting a coup where the Superman expy is murdered by his own son. However starting from the final issue of the first arc Chloe, Hutch and Jason start reconstructing the idea of superheroes, striving to live up to selfless ideals and create a better world despite their own flaws.
  • Disappeared Dad: Skyfox to Hutch.
  • Flying Brick: The most common powers by far, often combined with other powers such as telekinesis and sonic screams.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Skyfox as well as his grandson Jason.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Skyfox became bitter towards humanity following his arrest, especially when bystanders actively cheered on his attackers.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Walter assumes that his super-intelligence alone makes him best-suited to turn the economy around, but Sheldon tells him that he doesn't really have the expertise to do so. Sheldon is proven right after Walter and Brandon seize control of America, as their policies quickly tank the economy.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: It's impossible to describe most of the series without revealing Walter and Brandon kill Sheldon and Grace before taking over most of the world.
  • Lawful Good: The Utopian to a fault. He is supremely dedicated to the idea that heroes enforce rather than arbitrate justice, even going so far as to forbid heroes from even giving advice to politicians.
  • Mind over Matter: The Utopian's direct family has telekinetic powers.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Jason is encouraged by his parents to do this so as to hide from other superhumans.
    Hutch: Let's go home so we can fake flunking your homework.
  • Papa Bear / Mama Bear: The moment the two sense Jason is in trouble, they drop everything and rush over to fight his attackers.
  • Patricide: Brandon kills his father to take over America.
  • Power Parasite: Repro, a flamboyant Arabic super-criminal, can steal one superhuman's powers at a time. This makes him one of the few individuals who can defeat Raikou.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Brandon.
  • Reality Ensues: Walter believes his super-intelligence and psychic powers mean the world would be better off if he were in charge. His brother and Superman expy, Sheldon, shoots back that Walter's superpowers don't change the fact that he knows nothing of politics or economics. Walter ends up murdering his brother and taking over America — and promptly running it into the ground, in large part because he knows nothing of politics or economics.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: The majority of arc two.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Initially enforced in-universe by the Utopian, who goes to such lengths that he won't even allow his super-genius brother Walter to offer financial advice to politicians, even in the midst of a horrible recession. Later twisted around by the fact that Brandon and Walter try to improve the world, and do drastically change it, but only for the worse.
  • Secret Keeper: Jason's schoolmates reveal that they know about his powers, but nonetheless supports his super-heroics and promises to think up excuses for him if anyone asks.
  • Shout-Out: Jason being encouraged to deliberately fail in his (extra)curricular activities seems to be this to The Incredibles.
  • Signature Move: Sampson's one is to trap an enemy's mind in a "psychic painting" (essentially an extremely elaborate illusion combining all five senses) while his teammates beat down the immobilized body.
  • Smug Super: Raikou is arrogant in her psychic powers, which makes her almost impossible to defeat in a straight fight.
  • Super Intelligence: Jason is incredibly intelligent, capable of building a superhuman detector that out-classes the US government's when aged twelve.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Averted. Most children of superhumans inherit their powers, but Hutch does not.
  • Take That!: Chloe's comment about how her father would cleverly defeat his enemies without inflicting injuries might be this towards Superman stories where writers make him partake in destructive battles.
  • Tele-Frag: Walter is defeated when Hutch teleports his power-rod directly into his skull after arrogantly lowering his defenses to give him "a free try."
  • Time Skip: The plot skips forward twelve years after Walter and Brandon's coup.
  • You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: When it becomes clear that Brandon is spiraling out of his control, Walter makes plans to eliminate him.

Jupiter's Circle provides examples of:

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: The Union all fit into Justice League-esque tropes though none of them fit completely.
    • Utopian is a nice guy with Flying Brick powers very clearly pointing to a Superman archetype.
    • Lady Liberty is a female Flying Brick whose strength and beauty intimidate men, evoking Wonder Woman.
    • Skyfox is a billionaire inventor with a "bad boy" streak calls to Batman and Iron Man both though Skyfox also has actual powers to boot.
    • Brainwave is an aloof telepath not unlike either Martian Manhunter or Xavier from the X-Men and at one point shows he can control wildlife (specifically fish) like Aquaman.
    • Blue-Bolt uses a rod-shaped device not unlike Starman and builds constructs with it like Green Lantern.
    • The Flare uses superspeed and uses a yellow and red costume, an inverted color scheme to that of The Flash though he also has flight and super strength as well.
    • Jack Hobbs is a pretty obvious Lex Luthor pastiche.
  • Badass Gay: Deconstructed in the historical context. Blue-Bolt is a closeted homosexual, which almost ruins his life when J. Edgar Hoover tries to blackmail him with photographs of Blue-Bolt kissing a man.
  • Beauty Curse: No man can be with Lady Liberty, they always think it feels wrong.
  • Cassandra Truth: Jane predicts that any child of the Utopian's would constantly feel living in his shadow.
  • Destructive Romance: On the surface the Utopian and his wife Jane are Happily Married, but she cannot handle how much Sheldon is the perfect husband, and leaves him for someone with flaws.
  • Driven to Suicide: When blackmailed by Hoover to reveal the identities of the Union, Blue-Bolt attempts suicide instead rather than betray his friends. He survives and Skyfox figures out enough of what's going on to take care of it for his friend.
  • Easily Forgiven: Played straight and averted. The Flare abandons his family to be with a woman half his age and flaunts his new relationship to the press. His wife knew she would begrudgingly forgive him and seemingly does only to later cheat on him with a waiter. The Flare's son swore to kill him, only to immediately forgive him when they were reunited.
    • Skyfox's heel turn is briefly forgiven after he saves the team from Hobbs' gang and Utopian is even willing to augment the team's mission to better suit George's anti-establishment agenda. Walter makes sure to sabotage everything in short order.
  • Eskimos Aren't Real: Several gags throughout the series about how Liberace and Rock Hudson are womanizers.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Skyfox refuses to kidnap the President of the United States as that would be too catastrophic for the country. So he kidnaps the Vice President to make his political point.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Skyfox goes from being The Alcoholic to a Well-Intentioned Extremist, who is known as a villain though he may be a Hero with Bad Publicity, YMMV.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Jack Hobbs becomes the Utopian's friend and uses his power to help the world.
  • Historical Domain Character: Plenty of Hollywood stars and historical figures from the 1960s appear, most notably Ayn Rand, J. Edgar Hoover, Katherine Hepburn and Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
  • Jerkass: Walter is shown to have always been a prick, calling Bluebolt a "homo" and brainwashing Sunny into loving him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: George is a womanizing alcoholic who nonetheless a loyal friend and committed to helping those less fortunate than him. Even his turn as a "villain" has a distinctly altruistic streak to it.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: J. Edgar Hoover tries to blackmail Blue-Bolt into becoming his pawn through photos of him in a tryst with another man. He later drops the scheme when Skyfox blackmails him with his own photos of Hoover engaged in sex with his right hand man.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Deconstructed as the Flare sees April as such, but when the Flare becomes severely injured she leaves him as she says she is too young to take care of him.
  • Super Intelligence: Jack Hobb is phenomenally intelligent, yet is apparently technically human.
    • George and Walter are also noted to be hyper-intelligent as well though Walter's is mostly an Informed Attribute.
  • Your Cheating Heart: The Flare has a midlife crisis and starts an affair with a nineteen year old fan. It's implied this drives his wife to do the same with a young waiter a few years later.
    • Blue-Bolt notes more than once how many of his conquests are married men, specifically lamented how one spent all night talking about his wife and kids.

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